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POPE PROPOSES EDITH STEIN AS MODEL FOR YOUTH

VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).- Among the 20,000 pilgrims who met with Pope John Paul II during this morning's general audience, there were many youth who had arrived early for World Youth Day, which will take place from August 15-20.

At the end of the meeting, the Pope addressed the youth, presenting St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known as Edith Stein, as a model. The saint, a convert from Judaism and a Carmelite Nun, died in an Auschwitz concentration camp and Pope John Paul II named her co-patron of Europe. Today, the Church celebrates her feast, and the Holy Father invited youth attending the general audience to imitate her confidence in Christ, the "faithful Friend, following Him with an open, enthusiastic and generous heart."



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